Classes now forming for 2020 Learn to Surfski summer sessions!

Learn to Surfski at BIAC

Surfskis are a great way to paddle, which is why their popularity is surging. Surfskis let you enjoy our waters, from flat water to white caps. These classes are geared to those who have never tried a surfski or want tips on how to be successful.

We teach proper form, maneuvering and how to navigate the inner harbor and Bair Island. This class will teach you the basic stroke; training will start on calm water. You will practice how to safely remount your surfski. On Sunday we will look for more challenging water.

What is a Surfski?

A Surfski is a long, narrow, sit-on-top paddling craft with a pedal-operated rudder, a self-bailer, and buoyant bow to punch through waves. Designed for speed on flat water, rough water fun, and downwind surfing, the surfski can be a wonderful, splashy way to get out on choppy water and swells, or a cool, calm way to paddle on flat water and discover the inlets and sloughs.

At BIAC, we have just updated our fleet and have all new Epic V5 and V8 surfskis. These are stable, fast boats that "bridge the gap between sea kayaks and high performance surfskis."

The paddler sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle. The forward stroke is accomplished by twisting from the hips so that one side of your body is pointing forward, planting the blade in the water near your foot, and using your core to push yourself past the blade. Use a quick pull at the end for a crisp blade exit. Twist to the other side to take the next stroke, and so on, in rotation. When done well, paddling is a smooth, fluid motion that maximizes the glide of the ski. 

Learn to Surfski Summer Sessions

The cost of Learn to Surfski is $125 for a two-day, weekend session of 2.5 hours each day. Please register in advance to save a spot. There is a maximum enrollment of 4 per class.

Once you successfully complete the session, you'll have a free, one-month trial membership to practice your new skills. After this introduction to the sport, we hope you'll decide to continue paddling and join BIAC. We just updated our fleet and have all new Epic kayaks.

2020 Learn to Surfski Schedule

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Classes have a maximum of 4 registrants.

 Session Dates Times
1 Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12 1:00-3:30pm
Saturday-Sunday, July 18-19 Noon-2:30pm
3 Saturday-Sunday, August 15-16 3:00-5:30pm
Saturday-Sunday, September 12-13 3:00-5:30pm

Due to Covid-19, we ask that you bring your own personal flotation device (PFD) if you have one. We have some available, if needed.

This class is for adults only.

Details on 2020 Learn to Surfski sessions:

  • All sessions are held on site at Bair Island Aquatic Center. See the schedule for dates and times.
  • The cost for Learn to Surfski is $125 for the two-day, weekend session, 2.5 hours per day.
  • Your fee includes one month of BIAC membership. We want you to practice your new skills before you are required to join. Once you decide to become a member your dues are prorated. Learn more about membership here.
  • Your one-month trial membership includes opportunities to participate in other BIAC classes. Your one-month trial membership includes opportunities to participate in other BIAC classes.
  • The trial membership is per "Learn to.." class that you take. It cannot be accrued by taking multiple classes. We hope after one month you will enjoy our facility and want to join.
  • No prior water sport experience is needed. Learn to love Surfskiing!
  • When you register you will be sent additional details on what to wear and bring for your Kayak experience.


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Fine Print (Refund Policy)

We offer a full refund up to one week before your session starts. We will refund 75% of your registration cost if you must cancel within a week of your session. No refunds are offered the day of the class, although if necessary we will make every effort to reschedule you in a later session.

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